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The 5-Year BA/MA Program with SAIS

Program Description

The 5-year BA/MA Program with the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C. allows selected undergraduate students to pursue an intensive program in International Studies and obtain a Master’s degree from SAIS.

SAIS is a prominent and respected graduate school of international affairs, with campuses in Washington, D.C., Bologna, Italy, and Nanjing, China. Taught by distinguished faculty, students acquire both a critical framework for analysis of international issues and essential professional skills in economics, languages and regional expertise. Today, SAIS alumni are political, business and organizational leaders in more than 140 countries around the world—including more than 130 graduates who have served as ambassadors for their nations.

The BA/MA Program with SAIS includes three years of study at Homewood and two years of study at SAIS.Students may not graduate from SAIS in fewer than four (4) semesters.

Formal attendance at SAIS begins in what would have been the senior year. Students may apply to spend their first year of SAIS study at the Bologna campus. Students fluent in Mandarin may apply to spend their first year at the Nanjing campus, followed by three semesters at the DC campus.

Although the BA is not awarded until the end of the fourth year, it is expected that most undergraduate requirements will be completed in three years so as to facilitate continuation towards the MA at SAIS. Affiliation with the Homewood campus ceases officially after the fourth year of the program.

Students pay SAIS tuition during their fourth and fifth years of study, although Homewood financial aid applies during their fourth year. Financial assistance for the fifth year is determined by SAIS and is not guaranteed.

Students who choose to spend their first year at the Bologna campus will pay Bologna tuition and expenses in Euro currency.

For more information about SAIS, please visit their website, www.sais-jhu.edu.

(Photos above courtesy of Kaveh Sardari.)

Eligibility

The BA/MA program with SAIS is open to International Studies or Political Science majors who have:

  • Demonstrated strong academic performance (normally a GPA of around 3.7).
  • Completed Macro- and Microeconomics with a minimum grade of B- in each.
  • Demonstrated a high level of maturity and a clear intent to pursue a Master’s degree.
  • Fluent in Mandarin (via the STAMP test), if the student wishes to spend his/her first year at the Nanjing campus. Students who have not achieved fluency by the application deadline may be conditionally accepted to the Nanjing program under certain circumstances. 

Study abroad is not permitted for students applying to SAIS, with the exception of a summer semester or during Intersession.

Application and Admission Process

Students first apply to the BA/MA Program with SAIS during the second semester of their sophomore year.

Applications consist of:

  • Transcript
  • Resume
  • Statement of interest indicating motivations for wishing to pursue the BA/MA program. There is no specific page or word limit for the statement of interest. However, students should aim to be as concise as possible.
  • Separate statement of interest if the student wishes to spend their first year in Bologna or Nanjing
  • For Nanjing applicants: STAMP test scores must be submitted to SAIS by January 21st.

Applications must be emailed to Director Sydney Van Morgan (sydney@jhu.edu). The deadline, which has not yet been set, is typically in early February.

Applications will be reviewed by a joint selection committee composed of representatives from both SAIS and Homewood.

Selected students will then be invited for an interview, which will take place at the SAIS campus in Washington. Notifications of acceptance will be sent shortly thereafter.

Junior Year Abroad at SAIS Bologna

Program Description

Motivated International Studies or Political Science majors demonstrating a high level of maturity and strong desire to study abroad at the graduate level may apply to spend their junior year at the SAIS Bologna Center in Italy.

The Bologna Center is the leading graduate school for international affairs in Europe, offering an interdisciplinary graduate program of study that emphasizes international economics, political science and history, geographic area studies, and languages. The language of instruction at SAIS Bologna is English.

Students who apply to spend their junior year in Bologna also benefit from the option of advanced standing at SAIS if they subsequently study there; those who spend a year in Bologna will receive one semester of credit at SAIS for their work in Bologna.

For more information about SAIS Bologna, please visit their website, www.jhubc.it.

(Photos above courtesy of SAIS Bologna.)

Eligibility and Application Process

Participation in the Junior Year Abroad at SAIS Bologna is highly selective. Students must demonstrate a high level of academic performance as well as the completion of significant coursework in their major.

Students apply to the Junior Year Abroad in the second semester of their sophomore year.

Applications consist of:

  • Transcript
  • Resume
  • Statement of interest indicating motivations for wishing to study at SAIS Bologna. There is no specific page or word limit for the statement of interest. However, students should aim to be as concise as possible.
  • Copy of passport

Applications must be emailed to Director Sydney Van Morgan (sydney@jhu.edu). The deadline, which has not yet been set, is typically in early February.

Selected applicants will be invited for an interview, which will take place at the SAIS DC campus. Upon selection, students will report to the Office of Study Abroad to complete the forms required for a course of study abroad.

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